Do Bomb holes really come from bombs?

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  • Do Bomb holes really come from bombs?
  • Premier Icon coolhandluke
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    Always wondered, been too afraid to ask though…

    Premier Icon rockthreegozy
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    Do Bum holes really come from bombs?

    Sorry?!?

    grahamh
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    If you ride in parts of Kent, then yes they do. Seemed to be a
    popular past time of the German air force between 1940 and 1944 to
    drop them all over the county so that in 60 years time mountain bikers
    could utiliese them in their rides.

    I presumed they were the holes left when a particularly massive tree had been uprooted in a storm?

    Oddly the ones near home were largely gone within a few years of the trees being cut down.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    A few yes but not many I’d say.

    Biffer
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    Many of the ones at Thetford are proper bomb holes. Caused by planes having to jetison bomb loads before landing if they were likely to have a erm heavy landing !

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    We used semtex to make this one fot Hit the North.

    Premier Icon theotherjonv
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    interesting technique!

    Reluctant
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    From what i’ve heard, some of the bomb holes in leigh woods, bristol, were made by controled explosion of wartime uxbs.

    MrNutt
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    alot of woodland was used as munitions stores during the wars, after the wars they buried & blew stuff up rather than leave it for the muntjac to play with.

    gee
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    Some of the ones in Norfolk are collapsed glacial pingos.

    GB

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Some of the ones in Norfolk are collapsed glacial pingos.

    Noop Noop!

    don simon
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    Get to World’s End near Wrexham, you’ll see some real bomb holes. Apparently they set fire to the moorland during WW1 to confuse the Germans into thinking they were flying over Liverpool…
    Otherwise I guess it’s a term used to decribe any hole which could have been made by a bomb.

    5thElefant
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    Some. The ones in the sunny cotswolds are from quarried stone (mostly).

    MrNutt
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    Noop Noop! Noop Noop!

    steve_b77
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    wonder how they got in delamere forest then? missed bombs for Liverpool / manchester?

    mikee
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    no, dont be stupid
    the ones darn sarrf were specially constructed to burn stolen cars in
    up here we keep coos in them

    Premier Icon geoffj
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    I thought a hole made by a bomb was called a crater and bomb holes are called bomb holes because you bomb through em?

    nasher
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    Get to World’s End near Wrexham, you’ll see some real bomb holes

    True, some of them you can ride as well, at least we tried many years ago!!!

    bigsi
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    IIRC some are tank traps like the ones up at Newlands Corner Nr Guildford. Don’t know why they dug them there 😕

    coatesy
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    Some of the ones down my way are the remnants of collapsed or filled in bell pits created by miners.

    wysiwyg
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    Sometimes made when clay was extracted to puddle into the bottom of estate lakes.

    Premier Icon Sandwich
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    Most of the Thetford ones are from track construction carried out by FC. As told to me by a Forest Ranger.

    uplink
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    IIRC some are tank traps like the ones up at Newlands Corner Nr Guildford. Don’t know why they dug them there [:?]

    Probably part of a ‘stop line’
    If the Germans had invaded during WW2 & they couldn’t be halted on the beaches, the plan was to retreat behind the stop lines & try to hold them until such time as a counter offensive could be mounted to push them back to to coast.

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